Teenage car van­dal spat at po­lice of­fi­cer

Thug also struck cop on the head af­ter be­ing ques­tioned

Paisley Daily Express - - Front Page - Ron Moore

A teenage tear­away as­saulted a cop when he was tracked down for van­dal­is­ing a car, a court was told.

Out- o f- cont rol Daniel McA­dam, 18, lost the plot when of­fi­cers traced him af­ter he dam­aged a parked car in the town.

Pais­ley Sher­iff Court heard McA­dam first turned the air blue with in­sults, then he lashed out – hit­ting one of­fi­cer as well spit­ting at an­other.

Fis­cal de­pute John Pen­man said: “The in­ci­dent took place at Well Street at around 9.30pm on Fe­bru­ary 3 this year when a group of youths were seen in the area.

“The group moved to­wards Un­der­wood Road where the ac­cused is seen mov­ing to the mid­dle of the road ad­ja­cent to a Nissan Mi­cra, where he throws a plas­tic bread tray at the car.

“The in­ci­dent, which is cap­tured on pub­lic space CCTV, shows the ac­cused hit­ting the parked car.

“Po­lice at­tended and no­ticed the dam­age. There was a dent in the car.”

Of­fi­cers then scru­ti­nised pub­lic space CCTV footage to iden­tify the ac­cused.

Around 11.15pm the same night, McA­dam was traced to Stoney Brae in the town’s south end, where of­fi­cers ques­tioned him about dam­ag­ing the parked Nissan.

Mr Pen­man added: “Of­fi­cers asked the ac­cused about dam­age to the ve­hi­cle, when he started shout­ing and swear­ing ‘F*** yous,’ ‘It wasn’t me’ and ‘Get tae f**k, pr***s.’

“He was ar­rested and placed in the cell van and dur­ing the jour­ney to He­len Street Po­lice Sta­tion he be­haved in the man­ner li­belled.”

McA­dam pleaded guilty to charges of reck­lessly and wil­fully dam­ag­ing a car and be­hav­ing in a threat­en­ing and abu­sive man­ner likely to cause a rea­son­able per­son to suf­fer fear or alarm – in that he shouted, swore and ut­tered of­fen­sive re­marks at po­lice.

McA­dam, of Glenbrit­tle Drive, Pais­ley, also ad­mit­ted as­sault­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer by strik­ing him on the head, dur­ing the ex­e­cu­tion of his duty, as well as spit­ting at the of­fi­cer.

De­fence agent Chris McKenna urged the court to show mercy to the trou­bled teenager, who re­tains a care worker with the coun­cil.

He said: “He un­der­stands that cus­tody could be an op­tion. But I would hope there is a means of deal­ing with him in the com­mu­nity.

“He is only 18 and still has a through­care worker with the lo­cal author­ity. I would ex­pect your lord­ship will call for back­ground re­ports given the na­ture of the charge.”

Sher­iff Tom McCartney agreed with Mr McKenna and ad­journed sen­tenc­ing McA­dam un­til a Crim­i­nal Jus­tice So­cial Work Re­port is pre­pared.

McA­dam will dis­cover his fate on Oc­to­ber 8 when he ap­pears for sen­tence.

Yob Daniel McA­dam

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